set aside reading time. at that time, you read too. what about reading the same book as her? kind of like your own little book club. you can discuss it together as you read. a few years ago, my son was reading a book in school that he really didn't like. I read it too-so i could ask him questions. i wanted to make sure he was paying attention to what he was reading. if you choose a book a little over her reading level, you can read it with her. have her read a few paragrahs, then you read a few pages. In 4th grade-my daughter loved The Doll People series (there are only 3 books) by Ann M. Martin.
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Another idea is to have her read a book in the same genre or historic period before watching a television show or movie. Whether it's the Magic School Bus, American Girl or Harry Potter, she'll get a lot of opportunities for reading.
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When my son began to really learn how to read (around 4 or 5), he was good at it, but he wouldn't pick up a book if he had a choice. I looked for books that he would like- he was really into super heroes, so I found books that had them in it. He took a liking to those. And because he had a natural draw to learn about snakes, spiders and all that, I found books on those.
I rarely let him watch TV or play video games, so he didn't have a lot of options for entertainment. Now, he ALWAYS has a book. He ASKS for gift cards to Half Price books for his birthday! He loves to read now, and he is 11.
I like your idea for rewarding her for reading a little at a time. I also like the suggestion of you reading to her. Another idea, if you are short on time, is to get her to read to you when you are in the car. I did that a lot. It's a good way to spend time with them when you just don't have a lot of time.
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Also, read aloud to her. It's a great way to spend time together and make connections. My 13-year-old daughter and I love to read together.
My youngest son is an 8-year-old reluctant reader.
We went to the library and he didn't even want to check out books. Since he's a "daddy wannabe", he went with my husband the next time and once he saw dad pick out a stack of books, he wanted his own.
Also, for him all the cute stories about animals and friends, etc aren't interesting. He loves non-fiction books with photographs and adventures or scary stuff. He now likes the Magic Treehouse series (but only the ones with knights, ninjas, etc.) and Goosebumps books. He also likes sports stats (Like the sports section on the internet or sports illustrated magazine.)
When he is pulling the "idon'twannas" we play I read-you read. I read a paragraph and then he reads one. If it's a good part of the book, he'll keep on reading by himself after my set time is over.
My oldest child (11) really likes borrowing my Kindle reader. If he reads for a certain amount of time, I let him change the fonts and size of the text and that motivates him to read longer. He also likes to "google" things, so if there is a topic of interest, I will let him find an online source and read that article. (I supervise the search and help him select which "hit" to go to)
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These are all good suggestions. I have found that my youngest son doesn't like to read very much, but I have found what I call a con. I have a Kindle and I will read to him from that. We get a couple chapters into the book, and then he can't wait for me have time to read to him, so he borrows my Kindle (which restricts him to the couch, because if it goes in his room I'll never find it again) because he's so anxious to find out what happens next. I have also found that reluctant readers like series books, because it's easier to find another one to read. Magic Treehouse books are great if you're just starting chapter books. They're short, have pictures, and have a little passport you can download on their website. In my experience, my son also likes to read easier books when he's at home, since his teacher always makes sure he reads something challenging at school. Comic books and magazines I think are good too, because it's not like reading a book for school; it's something that can be done in short bursts and is lighter. And one more suggestion: let her see you read. My kids always want to know what I'm reading about, which makes it hard to get much reading done, but they read more when they see me get immersed in a novel. Hope this helps! Good luck!
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Hi What worked for my daughter is I let her read to me. SHe loves attention and does not love the independent part of reading, but if she can get her brother to listen or me to listen, she is all for it. She has really "discovered" the Junie B series this summer. Also, she got kind of excited when I told her she should keep track of how long the books are she reads this summer...when I told her the 5 Junie B books she read already this summer equals over 400 pages, she got pretty happy with herself! I might make a graph with it. Also, don't over correct when they are reading. My kid shuts down if I interrupt with too many "corrections" (she is an English Language learner as well). My mom used to bribe me with letting me pick out any book I wanted at the book store, although I don't think that would work for my daughter :) The other suggestions of letting her choose stuff she is interested in is important also. I have also found some books read live by the author at BN.com online, and then the kids are a little more motivated to follow others in the series or by the same author. Good luck!
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I agree with what others have posted so far: try summer reading programs, have a set reading time every night, model reading,make regular trips to the library, and help her to find high interest books.
My daughter is younger, as in just finished kindergarten, but is a strong reader and loves Magic Treehouse books. Another series she likes are the A to Z mysteries and the Magic School bus chapter books. My daughter also likes to learn facts and will pick out books on her latest interests (planets, animals, the ocean, etc.) These books probably don't appeal to an eight year old, but I guess my point is that if she can fin d a series she really likes or books that cover topics that really interest her, then that might be all you need.
My daughter likes to read aloud to me at night, and while I don't always want to sit and listen, I know it helps her. Sometimes I will read a page or two and then listen to her read.
Do you think there is anything that is holding her back?
Summer reading programs at the library give small rewards for reading, but I really think they need to see reading as its own rewards. She just needs to find topics and stories that captivate her so she doesn't see it as school work, but a form of entertainment.
Does your daughter read much during school? Why doesn't she want to read? The reason I ask these two questions is because some people have reading disabilities that can make reading a real chore. It is something to consider. Otherwise, most kids like comic books. You could also try audio books with books. Then your daughter can read the book while listening to the tape. When my kids were young, we had no TV. We read to them until they eventually read to themselves. They are now 19 & 22 and still love reading.
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We have a summer reading program at our library too. The kids love having their own library cards and we go to the library about once a week. It's interesting to see what kind of books they pick out. We have story time every night (my kids are 5 and 7) where each picks a book and we read together. Sometimes I read, sometimes my daughter reads to me. We may only read two chapters a night- but we are reading. We read Katie Kazoo Switcheroo chapter books (we started because my daughter is a Katie). It starts when Katie is in 3rd grade and now 4th grade. The books always involve her friends at school.
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First off, you have to find a type of book that she really likes. My son just got into chapter books and has been having some issues with comprehension. He found a book series called Puppy Place. (He loves dogs) and so we read the chapters together and then we talk about it at the end. Helps him to remember and makes it more fun than going it alone! Then, once he got the hang of it, I told him if he wanted to play video games he has to read first. If you are going to "rot" your brain, you have to "exercise" it first. So this is how we do it. If he reads for 20 min, he gets 10 min of video games. 30 min of reading, 15 game minutes. Works pretty well. We also give him 'tickets' for every 2 chapters he reads and when he gets enough he gets a new toy, gets to plan our day, pick the restaurant, etc. He still says he hates to read, but he does it soo well!! Good luck!
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I agree that it would help to get her books on topics that interest her. Maybe she doesn't like fiction but would rather read books on history or science. My 9 year old loves books of "strange and amazing facts", for example, as well as the American Girl series of "Smart Girl's Guide" books (Smart Girl's Guide to Parties, to Manners, to Making Friends, etc.). That kind of book presents information in smaller, easier to digest -- and quicker to read -- pieces, so your daughter will read a lot, assuming she likes them, without feeling like she's wading through lots of long chapters. You may need to be more proactive about finding books for her at the library, handing them to her and saying "How about this one?" in order to track down things she's really interested in.
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Its difficult to get the work done when its seen as WORK..I would attempt to make things fun..also get your little girl to set her own goals..If you push so many books etc it might feel unacheivable to her!!. Does your daughter like cooking?? Baking?? ask her to look through cook books etc and pick out recipes for you both to try over the summer. what other hobbies? find a book that may get her interest that way.Maybe a film that you have seen etc...Michael Morpurgo is very popular in UK with my daughters age group 8 plus. He wrote the book War Horse that has just been at the cinema. He has written many books in fact. My daughter is 9 and has a reading age of 13 years 4 months. She doesnt read books one after the other but she will read ANYTHING!!!! newspapers.,.magazines,leaflets,computer.I read with her a couple of nights through the week and we take it in turns with paragraphs or chapters, changing voices etc. I hope you have a lovely summer break and enjoy your time together. Good Luck Nicola ( Scotland )
I agree with JENMC14 - let her read whatever she wants, and maybe have a set time for reading every day. What kind of books has she enjoyed before - help her pick out similar type books, or anything that she is interested in - for example, my son loves to read fiction about dogs and his favorite cartoons. Maybe have a set amount of time each day she needs to read (even 15 minutes would be good if it were every day) and then you could do something fun together afterwards. Would she like reading to you instead of by herself? My son loves to read in the car (make sure she won't get carsick if she does this) - it keeps him from being bored even just driving around town.
Does she see you and your family members doing a lot of reading? She needs to see that reading can be fun, and not have the school association.
Does your library offer any programs? Ours has a summer reading program too - my son is motivated by the prizes. They also have a program where volunteers bring in dogs and the kids read to the dogs - this one really got my son reading himself (instead of being read to). You can also check your local bookstores to see if they have any programs.
My daughter loves the summer reading program. She also loves to read fluff. I have told her she can read some fluff if she reads some "serious" books, too, now that she's older (11). Let your daughter pick whatever she wants to read in the summer if she's a reluctant reader. Younger kid books, comic books, whatever, so long as she's reading. Have family reading time. You each read a book during a set time of day. I truly believe that it's very important for our kids to see us reading for pleasure to help them enjoy reading. Once you've established reading as a habit, you can move her along to other types of books beyond the fun ones.
Our local library has a Summer Reading program where they give out all kinds of cool prizes for reading so many books. My kids love it. If your local library doesn't offer it, you could maybe do one on your own. So many books, equals some kind of prize. My kids also love reading books about summer - maybe books about camping, swimming, that sort of thing.
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I have tried and tried to get my daughter interested in reading over the summer. Even over the school yr. she just doesn't care about reading any more then she should be. She had received a packet to do over the summer vacation too, and she totally doesn't want to bother with anything that has to do with "school". We took a few walks over to the library, and borrowed a few books. I also let her play with the puppets and toys there for about an hour. I don't know what the heck? I know I was never interested in school work over the summer, but comeon. I do not want her to be behind when she goes back. That would be a total shame for all the effort she put into learning last yr. Does anyone have any hints or ideas or even tips they could offer us? How do I make this fun without the having to bribe her? I have only bribed her once, and that is all I plan on doing. Never again will I bribe. Her Meme does it enough, and I don't feel I should have to.
I was thinking about rewards for reading. I told her because this would require a lot of effort, that if she could read a lot of large books, like 10-12, that I would buy her a kindle like mine. I will make a chart and when she reads a few books, she will earn something, when she reads a few more something else. and work her way up to a kindle. I "want" to accomplish this. Now does anyone else have any ideas? thanks for reading, I hope you have a great summer too!!
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